Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico, features a 56-body collection of incredibly well-preserved mummies. Most of the mummies date to around 1833, when they were "accidentally" interred during an outbreak of disease, most likely cholera. The collection has captivated artists and writers, including Werner Herzog and Ray Bradbury. The latter wrote of his visit, "The experience so wounded and terrified me, I could hardly wait to flee Mexico. I had nightmares about dying and having to remain in the halls of the dead with those propped and wired bodies. In order to purge my terror, instantly, I wrote 'The Next in Line.' One of the few times that an experience yielded results almost on the spot."


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